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Fitness begins at five
October 2000 Issue

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Fitness begins at five

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The news is full of stories about how American children are, generally speaking, fitness challenged.

And, as most of us know, physical inactivity is a major risk factor for obesity, which later in life is associated with coronary artery disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and a low level of good cholesterol.

But when is the right time for children to begin exercising?

All children age 5 and older should participate in at least 30 minutes of enjoyable, moderate-intensity activities every day, according to the American Heart Association, and they should also have the opportunity for at least 30 minutes of vigorous physical activities at least 3-4 days a week.

Running around the yard, walking with you in the park, or playing tag with other youngsters – these are just a few of the simple activities that will help your child achieve and maintain good cardiopulmonary fitness and create a habit that will lead to a lifetime fitness regimen.

Don’t make excuses for your child. Physical activity may be most important for kids who are a little uncoordinated, according to the American Heart Association, because it helps them develop their physical and psychological well-being.

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